MS Program in Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy program at Carolina is a two year program leading to a Master of Science degree in  Occupational Therapy. It is designed for the person with an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy, and is a rigorous course of graduate study comprised of 63 credits, including 12 credits of Fieldwork II, taken within two calendar years. The program is designed for full-time study.

MS Admissions

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review all of the MS Program information, as well as the admissions information found on the MS Admissions link on the left navigation bar prior to contacting the program for information, as most questions can be answered by reviewing the material provided on this website.

Program Philosophy

The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is rooted in a philosophy that emphasizes the complex and holistic nature of human experience, and views that human experience as a fundamental way to understand occupation. This focus on complexity and holism means that occupations are viewed first and foremost as the ongoing activities through which people and their situations relate to one another. That is, occupation is the way in which people and their environments interact. Meaning, values, and emotional experience are also part of occupation and come from the ways in which the activity creates new relationships or sustains existing ones. In addition, occupations may become “patterned,” that is, become habits, routines, or rituals that are part of everyday life. These patterns of occupation are often linked to personal, cultural, social, and other contextual aspects of one’s life.

This orientation toward occupation and the situations in which it happens means that families, other groups, institutions, and communities cannot be ignored in the assessment and intervention processes of occupational therapy. Occupational therapy, therefore, is the process of evaluating occupation/situation relationships in order to enhance occupational engagement (and the whole situation) through interventions. Occupational science is the study of occupation/situation relationships, as well as interventions based on them, in order to generate knowledge and inform practice.

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Links to other sections under the MS Program Description category:

MS Academic Curriculum

Accreditation Status and Student Outcomes

Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

MS Admissions Coordinator:
Associate Professor Linn Wakeford
UNC-CH Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
CB #7122, Bondurant Hall, Suite 2050
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7122
Tel: (919) 966-2451 Fax: (919) 966-9007

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